Community Service Officer

A Community Service Officer (CSO) works part time, approximately 20-30 hours per week in the Minneapolis Police Department while enrolled as a student in an approved, two-year law enforcement program and/or working toward completion of MN Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) licensing requirements. CSO’s assist the police department and community by promoting intercommunication, understanding and cooperation between department personnel and the diverse communities of the City of Minneapolis. The CSO is a civilian position which has the possibility of promotion to a full time Police Officer position.

Salary: $15.95 per hour, plus tuition!


Must be at least 18 years of age.


See list of Local schools that offer a two-year law enforcement degree programs.


State Requirements:

·         Must not have a felony conviction


Fitness Qualifications:

Must participate in and complete the fitness assessment. Employees will be expected to reach and maintain their fitness levels according to standards set by the MPD as a term and condition of continued employment.

Vision no poorer than 20/100 without correction in the poorer eye; correctable to 20/40 in both eyes. Ability to distinguish the colors red, yellow and green.

Possess standard hearing average threshold without correction or no worse than a 40-decible loss on the average at 500, 1,000 and 3,000 Hertz frequencies in the better ear.

Must be deemed medically and psychologically fit and successfully pass a drug and alcohol screening prior to hire.

Must continue employment with the Minneapolis Police Department for a period of two years following hire as Police Officer or pay back the cost of tuition paid by the department.


Any one or any combination of an evaluation of related education/experience/screening question responses, fitness exam, oral exam, etc. may be utilized. It is to an applicant’s advantage to be as thorough in the online application as possible.

TheCity of Minneapolis reserves the right to select and limit the number of candidates in the exam process, based on a review of application materials.

 ·         The fitness standards are as follows:

Applicants who have completed the fitness assessment within the previous 6 months may in advance, request, in writing, that their past score be transferred to this exam.

·         Background investigation conducted by MPD, which may take up to three (3) months to complete.

·         The oral exam is a competency based interview.

·         The eligible list is established by Human Resources after all testing components are complete.

·         Conditional job offers may only be made to candidates who successfully complete a full background investigation. Those who are given conditional job offers must pass medical and psychological assessments.

All hired candidates must attend a 3 week, 8 hour/day academy before they can start this position.

Candidates unable to complete any portion of this process will not be eligible to move on in the hiring process.

All candidates upon successful completion of Law Enforcement degree must meet State requirements to become a Police Officer. See the Minnesota POST Board Requirements 

Last updated Jun 30, 2015